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TGL Round-Up: New Doctor Who a Woman, Game of Thrones Returns & Crashes HBO, Martin Landau Dies

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The new Doctor Who actor has been announced and the role has gone to Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker.

The first female doctor, Whittaker’s casting was revealed in a trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series that aired at the end of Wimbledon men’s singles final.

Whittaker, 35, said it was “overwhelming, as a feminist” to become the next Doctor.


 

The new series of Game of Thrones returned to television last night on SkyAtlantic for the British and HBO for the Americans.

Fan excitement over the premiere crashed HBO’s official website, which went down with an error message for the majority of the series 7 premiere.

HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top video streaming service, also wasn’t loading for some viewers and was criticised for slow buffering times.

A spokeswoman for HBO told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Go was experiencing outages in Latin America on Sunday and that the team in the region was working to resolve the problems.


 

Academy Award-winner Martin Landau has died, the Hollywood Reporter confirms

The Ed Wood star recently had a “brief stay” at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but died yesterday due to “unexpected complications.”

Landau was 89.

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42 Comments »

  1. A female Doctor Who, dears? This is outrageous! What next, females voting in elections? We must stop the epidemic before it’s too late!

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  2. It astounds me fans of a show about change, inclusion and equality are up in arms about this. Ridiculous. Misogyny is alive and well in the world.

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  3. I don’t watch Doctor Who, so I couldn’t care less about this, but man, oh man, this is creating such tension between fan bases…

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    • I haven’t watched for years (I watched mostly as a kid), but the arguments between duelling bases is part of the reason the show is so toxic to me.

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  4. Give Jodie a chance before you dismiss her. I remember people criticized David Tennant’s casting in 2005 and he turned out to be one of the best Doctors.

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